Economic disaster good for Adirondack tourism?

So what happens if the United States fails to tackle big economic challenges, including the skyrocketing national debt?

“Well, you better get yourself a cave in the Adirondacks and learn how to eat watery gruel and herbs and berries,” said former Sen. Alan Simpson in an interview with CNS News.

Or maybe eat some homegrown vegetables and artisanal cheese while staying in a luxury yurt?

There are worse ways to spend the economic end-times, right?  Hear the full interview here.



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11 Comments on “Economic disaster good for Adirondack tourism?”

  1. Paul says:

    No reason to be eating gruel and berries most wildlife populations are in pretty good shape.

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  2. Mervel says:

    Yeah, why the gruel?

    Besides why is Simpson trying to send everyone up here? Come on he is from Wyoming that is where he should be directing the hordes to go when the collapse happens.

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  3. Newt says:

    He’s heard of the Adirondacks?

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  4. Mervel says:

    (Probably spends all of his time in DC and NYC.)

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  5. Paul says:

    He probably belongs to a hunting club up in the Adirondacks! My guess is he spends most of his time in Wyoming where he still practices law.

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  6. Mervel says:

    I was just kidding. But I think the Adirondacks are pretty well known nationally.

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  7. Paul says:

    Mervel, that is a good comment. You know I am not sure they really are. In my travels I have a tough time explaining to people where, Saranac Lake, this small town I grew up in is. That may be why the area is so nice. People from around this part of NYS are pretty clueless as to what is up there.

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  8. Walker says:

    Seventy years ago, the Adirondacks in general and Saranac Lake/Paul Smiths in particular were world famous. Now, not so much. And yes, that probably is a good thing up to a point; it doesn’t help the local economy though.

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  9. Jeff says:

    If I lived as close to geothermal energy as Simpson’s home is I’d have geothermal heat, not that geothermal isn’t a possibility here. Since 70 years ago there has been a population shift and thus a knowledge shift in this country so I’d expect many may not know of the Adirondacks. I meet people who don’t know counties and county seats
    two counties away.

    I would prefer many in congress caught a favorable vision from the Simpson Boles panel.

    In the past two days I listened to several interviews with Paul Krugman and Steve Keen, one who advocates government spending to stimulate growth and the other who believes there is not attention to debt control. Both are looking at a macroeconomic perspective. A statement by Krugman that bothered me was that “you can’t spend less than you earn.” Perhaps he was giving a government perspective or he was philosiphising about corporate growth but from a personal finance perspective, that is folly.

    I think we have to have an emmigrant mindset which is to look for opportunities and do something with them. That may mean moving.

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  10. knuckleheadedliberal says:

    There is a good editorial in this week’s Lake George Mirror asserting the Adirondacks’ place as the birthplace of environmentalism in the US. The Mirror makes a pretty good case.

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  11. mervel says:

    Yes it is a good case. There were things happening in the West but that was easy no one lived there. You look at the result of that really long term thinking and planning and we see it today in what we have in the Adirondacks.

    It is something that we need more of in America, the multi generational planning.

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